The New York Jets felt the financial pinch this off-season having to say goodbye to fan favorite, NT Damon Harrison, a run stuffing UDFA whom the New York Giants acquired in their $200 million dollar defensive rebuild.
Make no mistake about it, the Jets wanted to keep Harrison in house.
The team made snacks an offer and a counter offer to the Giants bid, but, simply put they could not afford to match the Giants generous offer. This one hurts.
“The Giants were very competitive and very aggressive with that,” Maccagnan said. “I thought we were close. When it was all said and done, the Giants, they put a very good offer on the table for Snacks.
Jets General manager Mike Maccagnan further stated:
“We were disappointed that we lost a player and Damon went to another team, but we were very happy for him, too. Here’s a player that came in the league as a college free agent and had the ability to play and produce and then go and hit the market as a free agent and be well compensated for it.”
Replacing Damon “snacks” Harrison’ on field results won’t be easy, but the Jets wasted little time in signing NT – Steve McLendon, a free agent from the Pittsburg Steelers roster.
McLendon, 6′ – 3″ and 310#’s also an UDFA at the time of the Steelers signing, bounced in and out of their 2010 roster managing only seven games and two tackles on the year.
McLendon was signed to replace injured nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring).
In 2011 McLendon appeared in fourteen games racking up 13 tackles with one sack.
In 2012 McLendon played in all 16 games and totaled seven tackles and two sacks.
After the 2012 season McLendon was a restricted free agent. He visited with the Green Bay Packers before resigning with the Steelers for a three year deal worth $7.25 million, of which $1.675 million was guaranteed.
McLendon totaled 58 tackles, 32 assists and 5 sacks during his time with the Steelers.
Damon Harrison is a tough act to follow and McLendon will have his work cut out for him but if it’s one thing the Jets do have working in their favor, it’s their depth along the defensive line.
New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows James is the host of OneJetDrive on Blogtalk radio, OneJetDrive Facebook Group and page As well as mixlr. A former U.S. Marine. Semper Fi.